Deploy Microsoft 365 Apps with Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune provides a simple way for organizations to deploy Microsoft 365 Apps to end users. In this tutorial, we are going to go through the configuration process to get a Microsoft 365 App package created and pushed to a device.

Create Microsoft 365 Apps Package

Inside of the Microsoft Endpoint Manager portal (endpoint.microsoft.com), navigate to Apps and then select Windows for the platform.

Microsoft Intune

Select Add in order to start to creating your Microsoft 365 Apps application.

Microsoft Intune Apps

You will be prompted to select an app type. In our case, we will select Windows 10 and later under the Microsoft 365 Apps section.

Microsoft 365 Apps

You will be shown the following informational prompt before you can proceed.

Microsoft 365 Apps

By default, we are provided with the below app information for Microsoft 365 Apps. We could choose to modify some of the fields here, however for this exercise, I am going to leave the existing information.

Microsoft 365 Apps Configuration

Since everything looked good with the app information, we can now proceed to configure the app suite settings. Once again you will see the following default information. Now this is where you will most likely want to modify some settings.

Microsoft 365 Apps Configuration Designer

For this particular scenario, I am going to use the existing Configuration designer for configuring the settings format. However, you could utilize a custom XML file if you wanted to have more configuration parameters for your deployment. You can create a custom XML file at config.office.com

Microsoft 365 Apps Configuration Suite

The other configuration item I want to modify is which Office apps I want deployed. I want to remove Skype for Business and Publisher. You can also select other additional Office apps like Visio Online or Project Online. I am going to skip those as I won’t need them.

Microsoft 365 Apps Configuration Suite
Microsoft 365 Apps Configuration Suite

The next part I need to select is which architecture type I want to deploy for Office and which update channel I would like to use. For this tutorial, I want to deploy Current Channel and 64-bit Office. Microsoft has an update channel comparison here if you need helping deciding what is right for your organization. For Office architecture, Microsoft is now recommending 64-bit Office due to the increased performance that will benefit end users. Most organizations have always used 32-bit Office and they might choose to stay on 32-bit Office. That is completely fine. If you are an organization that has legacy add-ins and macros, its best to remain on 32-bit Office until you have those components tested and validated with 64-bit Office.

Microsoft 365 Apps Update Channel

There are a few final settings left to configure. I am going to select Yes to Remove other versions of Microsoft Office. This is to remove any MSI installations of Microsoft Office. I am also going to select Latest for Version to install. Since I am going to be utilizing user based licensing and activation, I will select No for Use shared computer activation. I will leave Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms on behalf of users as Yes. I don’t want to Install background service for Microsoft Search in Bing so I will set that to No. Finally, I will choose Languages in which I selected English.

Microsoft 365 Apps Configuration

Now that the app configuration is complete, I need to select my deployment assignments. I could set this to be a “Required” install which will force the install on my selected devices. I could also deploy this as “Available for enrolled devices” in which users would need to choose to install it from the Microsoft Intune Company Portal application. I want this to be a required install so I am going to select Add group under Required to deploy it to a group with a test device I have.

Microsoft 365 Apps Deployment

After selecting Add group, I am going to choose a deployment group I already had created. This group has my test device in it.

Microsoft 365 Apps Deployment Group

Now I am given a review page which contains a summary of my application.

Microsoft 365 Apps Deployment Summary
Microsoft 365 Apps Deployment Summary

If I am satisfied with everything, I can select Create. The application will be created and deployed to the test device in my group. Now I can see my new Microsoft 365 Apps in my list of Windows Apps in Microsoft Intune.

Microsoft Intune Apps

Confirm Deployment

Now that I deployed my Microsoft 365 Apps to my selected device group, I need to check my test device to confirm the deployment.

I can see my deployment successfully installed on my device. I also can confirm that it was the 64-bit version of the Microsoft 365 apps which is what I selected in my configuration.

Microsoft 365 Apps
Microsoft 365 Apps

Back in the Intune portal, I can also see the successful installation there for my device.

Microsoft 365 Apps Deployment Status

As you can see, Microsoft Intune provides an easy and straightforward way to deploy Microsoft 365 Apps to your end users. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

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